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School of Health Sciences

Alex Clarke-Cornwell

Lecturer in Public Health


I joined the University of Salford in September 2015 as a Lecturer in Public Health, having previously been a Research Fellow at the University (2008-2011).  I am currently writing up my PhD, which is entitled, 'Sedentary behaviour, work and health-related outcomes analysis from the Health Survey for England'.  I have been involved in a range of research projects that have used my experience of epidemiology and statistics.  These include for example, studies relating to the burden of musculoskeletal disease in the UK, coding in general practice research databases, and evaluations of uptake of cardiovascular health checks in North West England.  More specifically, my PhD focuses on the associations between sedentary behaviour and health-related outcomes in the workplace

My research on the measurement of sedentary behaviour from accelerometers has recently been presented at international conferences in Limerick and Brisbane.  I am currently working with European colleagues as part of the consortium or the Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity Knowledge Hub, on sedentary behaviour observations from accelerometer data.


I teach on the MSc Public Health programme.  I am Module Leader for Research Methods and teach on the Epidemiology and Statistics module.

Research Interests

Measurements of sedentary behaviour and physical activity, determinants of sedentary behaviour, the impact of office design on physical activity, workplace health, vascular health checks in the UK.

Qualifications and Memberships

BSc (Mathematics), MSc (Statistics)

Student Member of the Royal Statistical Society, Student Member of the Royal Society of the Royal Society for Public Health.




Key Publications

Cooper AM and Clarke-Cornwell A (2015)  The built environment, active design and public health the impact of office design on activity, in Conde J and Cooper M (Eds)  Dialogues of sustainable urbansation: Social science research and transitions to urban contexts. University of Western Sydney, Australia.

Coffey M, Cooper AM, Brown T, Cook PA and Clarke-Cornwell A (2014) Vascular Health Checks in Salford: an exploration using FARSITE data, commissioned by Salford City Council. 

Clarke-Cornwell A, Coffey M, Cooper AM, Delgado C, Professor H and Dugdill L (2014)  Evaluation of'  'Find and Treat' Screening Programme (20007-2010, commissioned report by Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Primary Care Trust

Allen R, Clarke-Cornwell A, Dugdill L, Flannery O, Hulme C, Kelly C and Wilson P (2012) Free Swimming in Wigan commissioned report by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust.

Parsons S, Ingram M, Clarke-Cornwell A, Symmons D (2011)  A Health Burden: the occurrence  and impact of musculoskeletal conditions in the United Kingdom today, a part of collaboration between The University of Manchester and Arthritis Research UK

Harrison MJ, Farraher TM, Clarke M et al.  Funcional outcome is asociated with both personal and area level socioeconomic inequalities in patients with inflammatory polyarthritis.  Arthritis Care and Research 2009:61(10): 1297-1304

Lorenzi AR, Clarke AM, Wooldridge et al  Morbidity and mortaity in rheumatoid arthritis patients with prolonged therapy-induced lymphopenia.  12 year outcomes. Arthritis and Rheumatism 2007;58(2):370-375

Jordan K, Clarke AM, Symmons DPM et al.  Measusuring disease prevalence: a comparision of muscloskeletal disease using four general practice consultation databases.  BJGP 2007; 57 (534): 7-14

Patel M, Clark AM, Bruce IN, Symmons DPM.  The prevalence and incidence of biopsy poven lupus nephritis in the UK; evidence of an ethnic gradient. Athritis and Rheumatism 2006;549(9) 2963-2969

Clarke AM, Symmons DPM.  The burden of rheumatc disease  Medicine 2006; 34(9):333-335